New US Dietary Guidelines Say No Candy, Cake For Kids Under 2
The U.S. government has new dietary guidelines that ruin all the fun for kids under the age of two. This is the first time the government has released dietary guidelines for infants and toddlers, and on Tuesday (December 29th) they recommended feeding only breast milk for at least six months, and noted that children under age two should not consume added sugar. The dietary guidelines are re-issued every five years by the Agriculture Department and the Department of Health and Human Services. Specifically, the recommendation says babies should only have breast milk at least until they reach six months, and if breast milk isn’t available they should get iron-fortified infant formula during the first year. They should also get supplemental vitamin D beginning soon after birth, and can start eating real food at about six months— they should be introduced to potential allergenic foods along with other foods. As for adults—the guidelines echo previous ones: adults should limit their sugar intake to less than ten percent of the calories per day, and men should stick to no more than two alcoholic beverages per day, while women should have no more than one per day.